Doc Talk #95 – Spring Clean Your Life!

 

 

Inspired by the melting snow, we talked about how to spring clean your life (well at least your health!) in this episode.

If someone told you this was the only car (body) you would ever have, you’d probably look after it more carefully!

Who should be seeing a doctor?

  • If you have any health conditions or take any medication
  • If you are over the age of 40 and want to learn about recommended screening
  • If you want to have a conversation about how you can live a healthier lifestyle

People in rural settings tend to have worse health than those living in urban centres, for a variety of complex reasons: social, economic, psychological.

If you are not used to going to a doctor’s office (or even if you are) it can be an intimidating place. The first step is to pick up the phone and book an appointment! Even the best doctor in the world can’t help steer you in the right direction unless they see you.

We talked about five key steps to forming a healthy habit:

  1. Have a goal in mind (maybe exercise more)
  2. Have an action linked to the goal (take a walk for 10 minutes daily)
  3. Create a plan which links to your daily context – linking a cue to the activity (eg after lunch I’m going to take a walk for 10 minutes. Schedule the activity into your routine (it may be as simple as starting off with something like merely putting on your running shoes
  4. Persist – you’ll generally need at least 3 months to form a habit
  5. Add accountability – make a commitment to a loved one, or in a public space

 

‘Daffodil photograph ‘Narcissus calcicola’ picture taken by Olaf Leillinger at 2006-04-22 CC-BY-SA-2.5 and GNU FDL